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Adam Rast

MD, USA
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Raunchy and hilarious

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-19

Perfect cast, hilarious storytelling, all around a great listen! If you are a fan of fantasy parody (critical failures, magic 2.0, kill the farm boy, etc) this series will tickle your fancy. I really hope they make more.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

Vibrant sci-fi fantasy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-19

Correia has brought a truly fantastic universe into being with this series. The the heroes and heroines have weight and depth; the villains are complex and formidable, and every battle has them all dancing on a knife's edge with disaster reaching up on either side.
As always, Tim Gerard Reynolds delivers an outstanding performance. This series will be an automatic buy for me going forward and I can't wait for the next book to arrive.

So much more than sex

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-19

Golden Angel has achieved something spectacular in this series: balance. All of the characters in the world of Stronghold possess richly developed personalities and arcs without stealing the spotlight from the main storyline. There is so much more in this book than hot BDSM play; it's emotional, empowering, educational, not to mention laugh out loud funny! Yes, the love scenes are intensely erotic, but the story doesn't rely on them to keep the reader's interest. It's all about the characters and how they interact. Really looking forward to reading the next one the series.

I liked the story (I think)

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Very disorienting. Lots of interesting characters seemed to exit rather abruptly when it was no longer convenient for them to be to present. It seemed almost as though the story was written during 5 or 6 consecutive role playing sessions in which half the players were only able to make it to 1 or 2 of the meetings. It's a really fun premise for a story, and I did enjoy seeing so many fantasy cliches lambasted. I just wish they had dedicated a bit more focus to developing any one of the main characters. they clearly had a starting point, an end point, and particular scenes they wanted to visit along the way, but the vignettes felt hastily stitched together.

Well executed procedural sci-fi

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Ray Porter is quickly becoming one of my favorite readers. The production team also did a great job, with audio effects utilized for phone conversations adding a lot to the story. It reminded me of the sort of "radio drama" that used to be very popular. The story itself was engaging, and introduced an interesting approach to a common sci-fi concept. not groundbreaking, but overall satisfying. Would love to read more in this universe.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Perfect rainy day fantasy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-18

James Marsters employs the perfect edge of sarcasm and gritty urbanity in voicing the classless quip machine that is Chicago's only practicing professional wizard. Butcher's tales seamlessly blend noir gumshoe mystery with even blacker (and whiter) paranormal urban fantasy.
I'm currently taking my second lap through this series, and while I recall the vagaries of each book I find myself pleasantly surprised and horrified at each deft twist of the plot.
The Dresden Files will remain on my list of "go to" recommendations for anyone interested in the PUF genre.

Don't. pass. this. up.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Spectacular. Brilliantly imagined and robust science fiction from start to finish. If you aren't reading Adrian Tchaikovsky, it's time to start.

Readers will be confronted with a frighteningly plausible vision of Humanity's future, with an entirely alien race facing all too familiar conflicts.

Tchaikovsky masterfully alludes to elements from humanity's past in chronicling generation after generation of dilated alien history.

Each character has a satisfying weight; even though eons and generations pass, the tangled web of events and common threads leave the reader gliding through time and space effortlessly.

HOT with a PLOT!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-17

G. Angel is so deft at creating believable characters. It's frighteningly easy to imagine oneself interacting with the people in the book, they just seem like the kind of folks you'd want to hang out with. That's what makes these books so much fun; it feels like a close friend is next to you on the couch, spilling all the scandalous details of their wild weekend, as well as the resulting fallout.
The story itself calls Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty to mind, but without the pony play and with a whole lot more consenting adults to round out the kink. Great book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Hot love scenes and mildly interesting story.

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-17

First off, the premise of this book is like something straight out of a Cinemax after hours B-movie. There is a plot, and characters, and events, and even an interesting take on were-animals (were-rabbits and squirrels are a thing now, why the hell not, right?).
The author, G Angel, is most well known for their breathtakingly detailed descriptions of sex scenes, and this book is no exception. Even if the shifter storyline doesn't grab you, the love scenes are a fair reward for giving it a chance.
The narrator went a little over board with the voices. It sounded more like he was reading "The Billy Goats Gruff" to a room full of kids than narrating an erotic paranormal romance. The voice he used for the male love interest sounded like Tom Waits gargling hot asphalt, and the female sounded like a whiny 16 year old, which is definitely not how she's written.
Anyway, the questionable narration does nothing to diminish the steaming hot sex scenes, or the laugh out loud humor sprinkled liberally throughout this is little book. Enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sexy and sensual

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Great cast of characters. Amazingly sensual lovemaking. The author has a real talent for dialogue and descriptive writing. Also, while I'm not a sharing kinda guy, this book does a lot to explore the mechanics of polyamorous relationships and the social pitfalls of taboo lifestyles. Well written and engaging, even when the clothes are still on. Probably the most arousing and enjoyable erotic fiction I've downloaded. I'll definitely be coming back for more from Golden Angel.